Ping Coombes is a home cook who was propelled into a ‘dream come true’ world of cooking after winning the coveted MasterChef trophy back in 2014.
After been made redundant, she applied for the 10th series of Masterchef not even believing that she would get through to the show, the rest as they say is history. Ping says it is the best thing she has ever done and certainly pushed her to her limits. The competition was a huge boost to Ping's confidence and has definitely established her love for cooking.
Ping grew up in Ipoh, a town in Malaysia where people around the country travel to for good food. Since she was young, she was spoilt for choice as there is always good food around. Ping moved to the UK to study in 2000 and found that she craved food from home. With lots of failed experiments and panic calls back to her mum in Malaysia, she started to cook Malaysian food for herself and for anyone who were willing to be guinea pigs.
Her aim is to spread some love for Malaysian food in the UK, Ping's home now for 20 years. MasterChef has allowed Ping to showcase some of the Malaysian flavours to a mass audience. She has travelled all over to promote Malaysian food and her debut cookbook, MALAYSIA.
Ping also runs a series of monthly supper clubs in Bath called Ping’s Makan Club where the menu changes every month. This is where she showcases flavours of Malaysia, some traditional, some modern or downright crazy experiments!